Nelson scored a power-play goal on his lone shot and went 8-3 (72.7 percent) on faceoffs in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 2. An errant centering pass bounced off a Tampa Bay skate right to Nelson in the slot, who deposited it with 6:30 left in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. It was the first power-play tally of the postseason for Nelson, who has found the back of the net four times in the last three tilts. He has seven goals in 14 games overall, tying him with Kyle Palmieri for the team lead.
Nelson scored a pair of goals on four shots Wednesday in a 6-2 victory over the Bruins in Game 6. Nelson struck twice a little over seven minutes apart in the second period to stake the Islanders to a 3-1 lead. He forced a neutral zone turnover and beat Tuukka Rask on a breakaway for his first goal, then put away a backhander on the doorstep for the eventual game-winner. After going the first four games of the series without lighting the lamp, Nelson finished with a flourish, tallying three times in the last two contests. He'll enter the conference finals with six goals and 10 points in 12 postseason games.
Nelson scored a goal on two shots Monday in a 5-4 win over the Bruins in Game 5. Nelson buried a snap shot from the slot to give the Islanders a 5-2 lead less than two minutes into the third period. The goal, which proved to be the game-winner, was Nelson's first of the series. He had entered the night with just one assist over his previous four games after enjoying a six-point opening round.
Nelson notched a power-play assist and four hits in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins in Game 2. Nelson earned the secondary helper on Josh Bailey's game-tying goal at 6:52 of the second period. The 29-year-old Nelson has had a strong postseason with three goals and four helpers in eight contests. His assist Monday was his first power-play point in the playoffs.
Nelson scored twice and added an assist Wednesday in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh in Game 6. He finished with four shots and three hits. Nelson scored twice in a three-minute span midway through the second period to help turn a 3-3 tie into a 5-3 New York lead. He also drew an assist on Anthony Beauvillier's first-period tally. The 29-year-old Nelson finished the series with three goals and three assists with 12 shots.
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